Child Nutrition Commodity Programs
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) supports the National School Lunch Program and agricultural producers by providing schools with nutritious, USDA-purchased food. Commodities must be domestic in origin and a significant portion must have been determined to be in surplus at the time of the USDA purchase.
Over the past several years, commodities have contributed from $.15 - $.17 per lunch served. MCPS Food and Nutrition Services has received and utilized canned and fresh fruits, frozen and canned vegetables, ground beef and turkey, peanut butter, and eggs. Each year, USDA foods help offset the cost of providing meals to students.
USDA foods vary from year to year; but include foods from categories of meats, fruits, vegetables, juices, eggs, grains, and nuts; and contribute to the nutritional integrity of school meals.